Wednesday Word │October 28, 2020

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Indiana library jobs


This week's new Indiana library jobs

Assistant Library Branch Manager
Allen County Public Library

Children’s Department Manager
Avon-Washington Township Public Library

Library Director
Camden-Jackson Township Public Library

Head of Youth Services
Crown Point Community Library

Library Director
Fortville-Vernon Township Public Library

Children’s Librarian
Franklin County Public Library District

Public Services Librarian (juvenile focus)
Indianapolis Public Library

Outreach Librarian
Speedway Public Library

If you would like your Indiana library job posting to be listed in the Wednesday Word, the position, and its description, must be submitted to the Indiana State Library. Click here for submission guidelines and to submit.

In the news

Indiana Library News

Is your library making news?

Art exhibit gives hope to those overcoming mental health struggles
Allen County Public Library

Miller enters 40th year at Bedford library
Bedford Public Library

Learning with STEAM visits PBS Fort Wayne
Eckhart Public Library

Libraries aren’t just for books anymore
Henry Henley Public Library

IU Libraries named Library of the Year for connecting people with government information
Indiana University Libraries

Library providing free pumpkins for program
Jackson County Public Library

Library gets a bargain for virtual conference
Kendallville Public Library

Newburgh Chandler Public Library hosting drive-thru trick or treating
Newburgh Chandler Public Library

Local academic library organization getting creative to save students big bucks
Private Academic Library Network of Indiana

Warsaw library board discusses pandemic precautions
Warsaw Community Public Library

*Please consult local news sources and library websites for the latest information on the closures and re-openings of libraries and the cancellations of scheduled library events and programs in relation to COVID-19.

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State library blog


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Upcoming InfoExpress holidays and best practices


The Indiana State Library would like to remind InfoExpress users that service will be affected on several days in November due to state holidays. The State Library would also like to share some best practices. 

There will be no courier service on the following days: Tuesday, Nov. 3 on Election Day; Wednesday, Nov. 11 on Veteran's Day; Thursday, Nov. 26 on Thanksgiving; and Friday, Nov. 27 on the observation of Lincoln's birthday. Libraries only receiving one to two days of service per week may request alternate pickup days for service dates affected by state holidays. This must be done at least two business days in advance, and only one day per week may be rescheduled.

Users should log into InfoExpress, open their user profile and select “Days Unavailable.” They can then enter the date of the holiday or closure under “New Unavailable Date” - or select “More Than One Day,” if applicable - and provide a requested replacement date, if desired.

Additionally, the State Library would like to share some best practices in regard to InfoExpress.

A "Resource Sharing Update" webinar was presented on Oct. 2 and included the following best practices for using InfoExpress: Do not apply adhesive labels to other libraries’ materials; double check that the correct library is selected; use the notes field to include information about parcel contents; use tape sparingly; update unavailable days if closed on an InfoExpress day; report service issues to the State Library; and send excess bags back to the State Library. Discussion about best practices can be viewed here in the recording of the "Resource Sharing Update" webinar.

Please contact the InfoExpress coordinator with any questions.

Science kits grants available to Northern and Central Indiana libraries


The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Region 4 Science Kits for Public Libraries Grant Project is offering up to $2,000 in funding to public libraries located within a designated Region 4 to start a circulating collection of science kits. Region 4 includes Northern Indiana and Central Indiana.

Former Mount Prospect Public Library trustee John Zulaski saw an educational need to generate enthusiasm and learning for math and science education and initiated the SKPL project in 2009, with the goal to assist libraries to establish circulating kits for students k-12. SKPL enables children and their parents or teachers the opportunity to borrow science kits providing for hands-on, STEM learning at home or in the classroom.

Applications will be accepted from public libraries located within Region 4 beginning Nov. 1 until Jan. 17, 2021.

Zulaski states, “Public libraries have a long tradition of building stronger communities by providing life-long learning for children and teens. We are honored to have the opportunity to enrich the resources that public libraries offer.”

Click here to view the Region 4 map. Click here for submission deadlines, grant criteria, library expectations and to apply.

GRAD and Career Ready magazines available from the State Library


The Indiana State Library has partnered with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education to distribute complimentary copies of their GRAD and Career Ready magazines. These magazines have recently been updated for 2020-21.

Each issue of GRAD Indiana has activities and projects that can help students in their college and career search process. These tools can help students in the college decision process by organizing information that will be useful each step of the way, from college visits to making sure they’ll stay on track with college finances.

Career Ready is designed for those who have committed to continuing their education. Career Ready includes resources to help individuals choose the right program, make a plan that will work and balance the demands of family, work and school. Each issue has information on programs for adult learners, online education and much more.

Libraries interested in receiving copies of GRAD should complete this request form by Monday, Nov. 2. Career Ready is currently available in digital form only. The State Library will ship GRAD via InfoExpress in limited quantities. Libraries should indicate how many of each magazine they would like.

Please contact Jennifer Clifton, Library Development Office director at the Indiana State Library, with any questions. 

Cataloging webinars available from MCLS


Th Midwest Collaborative for Library Services is offering two cataloging webinars in November.

"Assigning Library of Congress Call Numbers: Advanced" is a three-day class available on Nov. 2, 4 and 5 beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern Time and is worth six LEUs for Indiana librarians.

"Cataloging with Variant Titles" is offered on Nov. 4 at 10 a.m. Eastern time and is worth one LEU for Indiana librarians.

Click on the above links for detailed class descriptions and for pricing options for members and non-members.

Upcoming workshops & important dates

Annual Report and Bookkeeping Webinar
When: Nov. 5, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Annual Report and Bookkeeping Webinar
When: Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Webinar

What's Up Wednesday: History at Your Fingertips: Using Hoosier State Chronicles and Indiana Memory
When: Nov. 25, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Virtual Tails & Tales CSLP 2021 Training/Roundtable
When: Dec. 10, 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Services from the Indiana State Library: The Secret Ingredient to Library Success!
When: Dec. 15, 10-11 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Virtual Tails & Tales CSLP 2021 Training/Roundtable
When: Dec. 16, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Virtual Tails & Tales CSLP 2021 Training/Roundtable
When: Jan. 11, 2021, 1-2:30 p.m.
Where: Webinar

Virtual Tails & Tales CSLP 2021 Training/Roundtable
When: Jan. 26, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.
Where: Webinar

Government Information Minute

Welcome to the Government Information Minute. Every week, government information librarians at the Indiana State Library cover current resources on governmental data at the state, national and international levels, all to keep the public well-informed. Follow the Indiana State Data Center on Facebook and Twitter and feel free to leave comments and suggestions.

In search of municipal codes


While federal and state information may get the most attention in the world of government documents, one shouldn’t discount the effect that local government - particularly ordinances (e.g., local laws) - have on people’s daily lives. However, it can be difficult to locate copies of these municipal codes. As local governments pass, amend or repeal ordinances, they keep track of the changes to these laws in an organized format called a municipal code. In the pre-internet era, paper copies often consisted of binders with pages that could be replaced as they were updated. More recently, many cities, towns and counties publish their code books online. It’s often possible to find the online link through an internet search for the official webpage of the city, town or county.

Indiana searches can be conducted here on the state government website. Users can access drop-down lists in order to help them find county, city or town official local government webpages. The compiled codes may be hosted on the official website, but more often than not, there will be an external link to a commercial company that hosts the information. The most frequently used online publishers for many Indiana local governments are American Legal, Code Publishing Co. and Municode.

Acknowledgements go to the useful research guide, Municipal Codes: A Beginner’s Guide, created by the Law Library of Congress.

Friends of the Frankfort Public Library awarded capital grant


The Friends of the Frankfort Public Library, Inc. is pleased to announce their selection as one of the recipients of a generous capital grant made possible by North Central Health Services, administered by the Tippecanoe Arts Federation.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude for the value they instill in helping improve the quality of life in our communities. We feel very fortunate to have been awarded this grant in the amount of $58,696.47 to assist with creating a safer environment, while providing world class productions in our theatre,” the Friends said in a statement.

Library staff and groups from the Clinton County Civic Theatre and the Clinton County Youth Theatre look forward to delivering to audiences the capabilities of a DMX/LED rear lighting rig and a state of the art hearing loop system. The equipment will enhance theatre and concert performances, public meetings, author visits, art shows and other special events.

The hearing loop system, which is placed under the carpet, is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids and will be beneficial for audiences in the theatre, especially those isolated from programs due to hearing loss. The library will educate patrons on the ease of the new hearing assistance.

“Because of this generous gift, we will be making a difference in the lives of many children and adults. With a project of this magnitude, including carpet replacement due to the hearing loop installation, it would be impossible to fund without the support of NCHS and TAF. We look forward to seeing you in the Elizabeth O’Rear Skanta Theatre in the coming year when this project is completed,” the Friends stated.